Minister of Transport Dilum Amunugama informed the public that the prevailing fuel crisis may continue till the 5th of April.
Speaking during a media briefing the Transport Minister said the fuel shortage will continue as there is a delay in obtaining fuel.
He added fuel distribution will be carried out with restrictions till the 5th.
The Minister noted 37,000MT of fuel that was due to be unloaded yesterday was not unloaded for some reason, and urged the public to act with caution over the next few days.
Minister Amunugama said the government will receive the schedule of ships arriving with fuel under the Credit Line granted by India from the 4th of April.
He noted fuel is due to arrive in the country from the 4th as required under the Credit Line.
Meanwhile commenting on rail fare revisions, Minister Dilum Amunugama said rail fares will be subject to a slight increase.
He said however the revised rates or when the new rates will be announced has not been decided thus far.
The Tourism Ministry stressed rail fares will not be increased in a manner that will burden the public.
He said a Class 3 ticket for the first 10km is Rs.1.30 at present and may be increased to Rs.2, adding the rates for the first 10km will be subject to the highest revision.
Minister Amunugama added commuters are aware that the rates per kilometre are lower for longer distances.